VaserLipo - Abdomen, Flanks - Washington, DC
I am a 28 year old female that was in average...
- 28 Sep 2011
I am a 28 year old female that was in average shape, but could stand to lose about 15 lbs off of the midsection.
The VaserLipo procedure took place Sept 8th 2011 and everything went very well - My doctor called me an "ideal candidate." The procedure took about 3 hours.
Recovery was not what anyone had anticipated. My doctor opted not to put a drain in during the procedure...which resulted in him having to drain 5 or 6 viles of fluid out of my lower abdomen during my follow up appointment...I believe that this set me back about a week if not more.
I could not move out of a recliner for one week. It was miserable. I was incredibly swollen and was on numerous pain pills because it was so bad. I could not go to the bathroom alone for fear of falling over...numerous times I couldn't make it to the bathroom and get the gertle off in time in order to use the facilities. You are still very numb, so you lose the ability to "hold it" - Forget about a shower for the first week - taking the gertle or compression garmet off was horrible...the second it came off I was light headed and throwing up. If you are a modest person, this is not for you - You will need a caregiver full time for a week and then everytime you need to shower week two (showers feel amazing, but make you dizzy and can be painful)...your caregiver will see it all...including your black and blue, very swollen, vagina.
Putting on clothes is another challenge - pants and underwear went on with a hanger, stayed in flip flops or slippers...And the garmet takes at least you and another person to put on...my poor mother had to deal with me huffing and puffing as though I was in labor when she took put it on and took it off for showers.
This Thursday, Sept 29th, will be 3 weeks. This is my first week back to work...I can sit comfortably, but standing up and straightening out is incredibly painful. I have an hour commute, so I really cannot take the pain pills during the day.
There is not way to hide that you have had a procedure done. So, you will need to go into hiding for 2-3 weeks or tell everyone you had back surgery.
I finally looked into a mirror this past weekend and what I can say is that the results are definitely there...they say you won't see full results for a few months due to all the swelling and shifting...but so far so good.
I cannot say if it was worth it yet...if I had to answer right now, I would say no...I miss being able to run up and down the stairs, walk normally, get into a car without wanting to cry and most of all...I miss snuggling with my boyfriend. He can barely touch me without "hurting" me...yes...its getting better slowly but surely, but it does make for a very lonely couple of weeks.
I don't have before and after pictures yet - Once I get ahold of some, I will post.
-Doctor is a great surgeon, but not a very good bed side nurse...but I suppose that is why they have nurses! :) -Was not clear about the recovery process at all...I also had a few complications with the draining which is probably why my experience was so horrid. I produced a lot more fluid than most do. -I emailed almost every day - whether for more pain meds, questions, etc and they always answered within a few hours. Very responsive team. -Positive experience minus the recovery process.